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October 24, 2014

Shamokin Man Charged with Production, Distribution, and Possession of Child Pornography

The United States Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, announced that charges were filed yesterday against Abraham D. Gordon, a resident of Shamokin, Pennsylvania.

According to United States Attorney, Peter Smith, Gordon, age 32, is charged in a three-count Indictment with production, distribution, and possession of child pornography. The offenses are alleged to have occurred between March and June 2014.

The investigation was conducted by the Pennsylvania State Police Computer Crime Task Force and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Williamsport Office. Assistant United States Attorney Wayne P. Samuelson is assigned to prosecute the case.

Indictments are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.

A sentence following a finding of guilty is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statues and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

In this case, the maximum penalty under the federal statutes is thirty years’ imprisonment, and a fine of $250,000. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant’s educational, vocational and medical needs. For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.

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